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Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence impacts millions of adults and children across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will be victims of intimate partner violence, which includes sexual violence, physical violence or stalking. And in Ohio, 1 in 4 children will be exposed to domestic violence before they reach 18. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll shed light on this widespread public health issue and discuss how those in need can receive help. 


Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center - 24 Hour Helpline: 216-391-HELP(4357)

WomenSafe, Inc.- 24 Hour COPEline: 1-888-285-5665

Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court: Department of Domestic Violence Resources: 

  • Cuyahoga County Witness/Victim Service Center: (216) 443-7345
  • Catholic Charities: (440) 843-5501
  • Jewish Family Service Association: (216) 292-3999
  • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland: (216) 687-1900
  • The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association: (216) 696-3525

Ohio Department of Health Resources:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit their on-line hotline at https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
  • National Teen Dating Violence Hotline  1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453
  • Vets or Military – COD Safe Helpline 877-995-5247
  • Report an Ohio Nursing Home Assault- 1-800-342-0553
  • To report other forms of elder abuse call the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-282-0515.
  • If you are in immediate danger now, call 911.

-Dr. Megan Holmes, phD, Assistant Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

-Andrea Gutka, Executive Director, WomenSafe, Inc. 

-Leslie Quilty, Interim CEO, Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center

-Judge Gayle Williams-Byers, South Euclid Municipal Court

-Monica Christofferson, Director, Domestic Violence Department, Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court

Rachel is the supervising producer for Ideastream Public Media’s morning public affairs show, the “Sound of Ideas.”